The Artists’ Garden (with currawongs) in group exhibition

Mitchell Fine Art 2nd Sept - 3rd Oct 2020, Brisbane

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The Artists' Garden (with currawongs

The Artists' Garden (with currawongs), 100x154cm, Oil on Belgian linen

'Primaveral' Mitchell Fine Art - Brisbane

2 Sept to 3 Oct 2020


Bernard’s latest series, inspired by artists and their gardens, was started in 2019. As 2020 unfolded, we understood even more fully the important roll gardens play. The painting that will show in the group exhibition 'Primaveral' at Mitchell Fine Art, is a painting of Bernard and Wendy's own garden. The Artists' Garden (with currawongs) presents a view that they enjoy everyday.


Monets Studio and Garden-Giverny France, 183x153cm

Monets Studio and Garden-Giverny France, 183x153cm, Oil on Belgian linen

Artists' Gardens Part 1 - Harvey Galleries

PART 1: Ran from 15th to 26TH MAY 2020

PART 2: Exhibition Dates - to be announced


This successful exhibition was part 1 of a 2 part series showcasing Bernard’s homage to artists and their gardens, where nature is their sanctuary. The works were hung and viewed on a live facebook feed with Bernard and Trevor Harvey at the Mosman Gallery exhibition, in May earlier this year. If you missed the live feed you can find out more about this two part exhibition and it's paintings, from the following special interview between Richard Morecroft and Bernard Ollis.



Over many years, Bernard has visited the gardens and studios of Henri Mattise, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet and has made drawings and paintings based upon those experiences. In Australia, Bernard has produced a number of works on the home and garden he shares with his partner Wendy Sharpe. He has also visited the Whiteley garden, the studio/garden of Elizabeth Cummings, and Guy Warren to name a few. All will feature, including some impressive large canvases in this Harvey Galleries two part exhibition.


Riad Courtyard Fez 41x51 oil on belgian linen

Riad Courtyard Fez 41x51cm oil on belgian linen

Wendy Sharpe folding sketchbook from exhibition 'Elsewhere'

A Folding sketchbook by Wendy Sharpe from the exhibition 'Elsewhere'

ELSEWHERE: Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia




Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis create art in response to humanity. During their extensive journeys, they created sketchbooks, drawings and paintings to record conversations and chance meetings with people from all walks of life. These works will introduce you to real people from distant nations, casting aside orientalism to reveal authentic encounters.

This exhibition sees the world through the unique intimacy of the sketch. It reflects upon individual experiences of travel in an era shaped by photography and global media. It is a perceptive journey through people and places that have been clouded by misapprehension.

The exhibition visited Glasshouse Regional Gallery in 2019 who produced the short (1min 24sec) introduction video (see below), coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Edward Said's book Orientalism. The exhibition is thoughtfully curated by Dr Sam Bowker with the support of Create NSW, HR Gallop Gallery and Charles Sturt University.


Highlights of 2019

  • Bernard started the year with two major solo exhibitions, 'Paris and other Stories' (Aarwun Galleries, Canberra) and 'The Traveller' (Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane) both were received well commercially and critically.
  • Bernard did an important interview with Jane Hutcheons for ABC's 'One Plus One' series revealing much about Bernard's formative years in the UK. Link to interview:
  • Heading to his Paris studio for the second part of the year, Ollis launched into several months of touring including an artist in residency via Chimu Adventures to Svalbard (about 1000km from the North Pole) where he exhibited, the money raised going to the Mawson's Hut Antarctic Charity.
  • Ollis had a major solo exhibition ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ (The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, UK) for July - September.
  • He continued to work the end of the year in his Paris studio and was the tour leader for Renaissance Tours visiting the Côte D'Azur - a cruise from Arles to Lyons, culminating in a tour of Paris galleries with his partner Wendy Sharpe.
  • Regional Touring exhibition 'Elsewhere' continues into 2020 in such places as Tamworth and Dubbo.
  • Ollis has just had a successful exhibition with Linton and Kay (Subiaco Gallery, Perth) for November - December. He is presently working in his Sydney studio for his upcoming exhibitions in 2020.




Department store Paris

Department Store - Paris 59x42cm Oil pastel on Arches rag

RECENT WORKS - Linton & Kay (Subiaco Gallery)

9 Nov to 1 Dec 2019

Opening and Floor Talk - Thur 14 NoV

Returning after several months touring and working in Paris, Bernard has selected a range of works for this exhibition with a French flavour.


The Aquarium

Ceramic Series - The Aquarium

CONNECTIONS: Art & Collaboration - Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Exhibition: 26th OCT TO 1ST Dec 2019

Artist's PANEL DISCUSSION: Friday 25th OCT 2019 6:00PM

Focusing on renowned visual artists Bernard Ollis, Wendy Sharpe, Ann Smith and Ian Smith, this exhibition delves into the intriguing creative relationships essential to the production of collaborative work. The painter and the potter, the drafter and the printer, each artist bringing their individual skills to the table to produce works greater than the sum of the parts.

While the practical benefits of working together on complex artworks are obvious, the creative process of art making also lends itself to partnership. Working through the many demands of bringing an idea to realisation requires a resilient relationship in which elucidation, conciliation, stubbornness, and shared respect exists in equal measure. Often, this can result in firm, life-long friendships such as those of the four artists that are the focus of this exhibition. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition


Sydney Gardens Series - Kennet and Avon Canal 46x36cm Oil on Belgian Linen

Sydney Gardens Series - Kennet and Avon Canal 46x36cm Oil on Belgian Linen

A TALE OF TWO CITIES - The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath UK

Exhibition: 6th JULY TO 15TH Sept 2019

Artist's Talk: 5:30PM - 6.30PM Sat 24TH Aug 2019

Bernard returns to his birthplace and to The Victoria Art Gallery where, as a boy he was so regularly able to view paintings by acclaimed and influential artists. In his work for this exhibition he has cast a fresh eye over some of his favourite parts of two of the world's most beautiful cities, Bath and Paris.

The Artist's Talk on Saturday 24th of August is free, but we are reminded by the Gallery that Booking is essential as the talk is likely to be very popular.


Night View - St Michael 50x76cm Oil on Belgian linen